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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1949!

IN THE NEWS:

  • A cease fire is called in Palestine
  • Harry S. Truman begins his second term
  • Israel signs an armistice with Egypt
  • Minimum Wage Bill passes
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is formed with twelve original nations signing the establishing treaty
  • Soviets set off an atomic explosion
  • Communist People's Republic of China is formally proclaimed by Chairman Mao Zedong
  • South Africa institutionalizes apartheid
  • Cortisone is sythetically reproduced and released as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis
  • NY Yankees defeat Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series
  • Joe Louis retires from boxing

ON THE RADIO:

  • Burns and Allen ends its radio run before moving to television
  • Father Knows Best? begins its 4 year run before moving to television
  • Calling All Detectives
  • Counterspy
  • Crime Does Not Pay
  • Dragnet
  • Great Gildersleeve
  • Inner Sanctum
  • Superman
  • Suspense

ON TELEVISION:

  • Howdy Doody (merchandising rakes in $11M for the year)
  • Captain Video
  • Texaco Star Theater
  • Ed Wynn Show
  • Time for Beanie
  • The Lone Ranger

FADS & FASHION:

  • Prepared cake mixes
  • Bikini swimsuits
  • Candy Land
  • Legos
  • Silly Putty
  • Howdy Doody lunchpails and dolls

WHAT THINGS COST:

  • Car: $1,650
  • Gasoline: 26 cents per gallon
  • House: $14,500
  • Bread: 14 cents per loaf
  • Milk: 84 cents per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 3 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $3,600
  • Minimum Wage: 40 cents per hour

ACADEMY AWARD - BEST PICTURE:

  • All The King's Men - a dramatic film by Robert Rossen starring Broderick Crawford and John Ireland

TONY AWARD - BEST MUSICAL:

  • Kiss Me Kate - music and lyrics by Cole Porter, directed by John C. Wilson, and choreographed by Hanya Holm, starring Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison

PULITZER PRIZES:

  • Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens (fiction)
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (drama)
  • The Disruption of American Democracy by Roy Franklin Nichols (history)
  • Roosevelt and Hopkins by Robert E. Sherwood (biography)
  • Terror and Decorum by Peter Viereck (poetry)

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

  • Baron John Boyd Orr of Brechin, Great Britain, 1880-1971, Physician, nutritionist, leading organizer and Director General of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), President of the National Peace Council and the World Union of Peace Organizations

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